Sampofu rubbishes claims of barring RDP from public meeting

25 Aug 2015 12:30pm
KATIMA MULILO, 25 AUG (NAMPA) – Zambezi Governor Lawrence Sampofu has denied claims that he was behind the barring of some Rally for Democracy and Progress (RDP) members from a public meeting held by President Hage Geingob earlier this month.
Sampofu’s denial follows a recent article by the Namibian Sun that reported on a statement issued by Nghiningiluandubo Kashume, RDP Secretary of Information and Publicity, that the party is “disturbed and humiliated” by the incident which saw its members being denied entry to the public meeting.
Kashume claimed that RDP Regional Secretary Lister Sabuta and the party’s District Secretary for the Linyanti Constituency Ivan Kabunga were removed from the premises, without being given reasons for their removal.
However, on Friday, Sampofu told Nampa that he did not authorise anyone to be barred from the public meeting held at Ngweze Community Hall on 05 August 2015, where locals spoke to Geingob about the social and economic issues affecting them.
He said locals who were not allowed to enter the premises are known by the Namibian Police as trouble makers, while some are linked to the Caprivi Concerned Group (CCG), which advocates secessionist agendas.
“I did not chase anyone out. The police were simply doing their job by not allowing trouble makers into the meeting. Those locals are known by the police. The same people denied participation in the meeting were refused entry based on their affiliations with CCG and not because they belonged to a certain party,” Sampofu said.
He went on to say that RDP, along with other opposition parties, must screen some of their members “and see them for what they truly represent, as some do not conform to the party agendas and goals’.
He added that the public meeting was open to all locals, provided they do not attend the event in party colours or wear clothes that cause provocation or disturb the peace in the region and country as a whole.
“I do not have a problem with any RDP member, nor any other person belonging to a different party than the one I represent. I urge leaders of opposition parties to really be careful of some of their members with hidden agendas,” Sampofu said.